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In Tennesse Williams play A Streetcar Named Desire the readers are introduced to a character named Blanche DuBois In the plot Blanche is Stellas younger sister who has come to visit Stella and her husband Stanley in New Orleans After their first meeting Stanley develops a strong dislike for Blanche and everything associated with her Among the things Stanley dislikes about Blanche are her spoiled-girl manners and her indirect and quizzical way of conversing Stanley also believes that Blanche has conned him and his wife out of the family mansion In his opinion she is a good-for-nothing leech that has attached itself to his household and is just living off him Blanches lifelong habit of avoiding unpleasant realities leads to her breakdown as seen in her irrational response to death her dependency and her inability to defend herself from Stanleys attacks Blanches situation with her husband is the key to her later behavior She married rather early at the age of sixteen to whom a boy she believed was a perfect gentleman He was sensitive understanding and civilized much like herself coming from an aristocratic background She was truly in love with Allen whom she considered perfect in every way Unfortunately for her he was a homosexual As she caught him one evening in their house with an older man she said nothing permitting her disbelief to build up inside her Sometime later that evening while the two of them were dancing she told him what she had seen and how he disgusted her Immediately he ran off the dance floor and shot himself with the gunshot forever staying in Blanches mind After that day Blanche believed that she was really at fault for his suicide She became promiscuous seeking a substitute men especially young boys for her dead husband thinking that she failed him sexually Gradually her reputation as a whore built up and everyone in her home town knew about her
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